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Feeding the Sun Corridor: Exploring Arizona’s Zero Sum Game

Perceptions of Sustainability Sustainability is the paradigm of our age.i Architects, urban planners, real estate developers, technology companies, college campuses, food distributors, nearly everyone is doing it. Regrettably, conversation surrounding sustainability is commonly directed at one, shallow resolve: proclaiming whether something is or is not sustainable.  Use these biodegradable sponges, they’re sustainable! Don’t buy a […]

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Enabling Communities to Build Their Own Plazas

  All over the country more and more cities are catching on to the idea that public space can be created quickly and cheaply; expensive master plans are becoming a thing of the past. Typically a community partner—a business improvement district or non-profit community organization—can apply through the municipality to transform an excessive roadway into […]

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An Urban Green District – Jackson Heights

When perusing the internet, I stumbled upon the Ecovillage Ithaca a while ago. As a planner and as a New Yorker who has yet to suffer through another putrid summer in the city, I was mesmerized. Of course I could see myself sitting on the porch of my high-energy efficiency house, after a long day’s […]

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Becoming the Cycling Capital of the 21st Century

Last year, we wrote about cycling in Amsterdam, the world’s most bicycle-friendly city according to the Copenhagenize Index of 2013. Whilst we don’t need to repeat how the city’s urban form is very conducive to cycling, or how the city’s high cycling rates are a result of decades of careful planning, it is worth noting […]

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Counting the Carbon Foot Prints and Changing Our Behavior!

In a recent discussion with a planner the question of over-consumption came up and how it impacts the health of our planet.  It is understood that we consume more raw materials than a sustainable eco-system can provide for.  In 2007 our (global) Ecological Foot Print was  1.5 planet earth, i.e. we consumed earth’s resources 1.5 times faster than the earth […]

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Moose are Dying Off

Mankind is often self-involved and indulgent. It becomes apparent when we talk about the perils of climate change, too; we are primarily concerned about how these changes will impact our economies, our cities, and our way of living. However there are thousands of other species of plants, insects, and animals who are at far greater […]

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Climate Change – The Verdict Is In

United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just published their fifth assessment report and the conclusion is that the global warming is caused by human activity and the scientific evidence is overwhelming and incontrovertible. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a scientific body set up in 1988 by the United Nations. It is charged to gather comprehensive scientific assessments of […]

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The ‘Smart City’ Movement

The introduction of new technologies into City Planning has allowed for better, faster, and more efficient public service delivery. This technology has so-changed how we manage and plan cities, we may be entering a new phase of urbanism: the Smart City Movement.   Two private companies leading the expansion of smart tech into our urban […]

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End of the Suburbs by Leigh Gallagher

PRESS Pass: Leigh Gallagher. A couple of interviews with Leigh Gallagher have recently been published (including the above video link) about her new book The End of the Suburbs. Her book looks at the history of the suburbs and the recent demographic shifts that have been occurring and what it means for the future of […]

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Are we closer to utopia?

Last century, architects and urban planners had to deal with the fact that vehicles were rapidly increasing their presence in cities. To solve the relationship between cars and pedestrians, some proposed to separate them. A relevant example of these urban planners was Clarence Perry, who developed a concept in the early 1900’s called the “Neighborhood Unit” […]

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